SANTIAGO DE CUBA,- The Book Festival underway in mountainous communities of the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba has been well-received by locals.
With the purpose of promoting reading habits in the remotest sites of the region, the one-day event has been held so far in seven of nine municipalities of the province. Director of the Provincial Book Center, writer Teresa Melo, said the event is a way to contribute to promote human values through reading, in addition to increase the educational level of the people in those communities.
Melo noted that the festival has had a positive impact on the mountain people who have made the most of the event, particularly children.
The festivals have featured book presentations by local writers who at the same time marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of regional publishing houses.
The Book Festival closes on April 30 with an official ceremony in Guama.